2016 Ski Instruction Program

Instruction Programs

Beginner & Rusty Skier Lessons

susanrWant to try cross-country skiing? Want to renew some rusty skills? Never took a lesson and want to learn the techniques?

Each winter the ski club offers beginning cross country ski lessons. This winter, a classroom session will start us off on January 12th from 6:00 to-8:00 p.m. at the Lomas-Tramway Library. At this session we'll talk about gear, fitness, and preparedness for a day outdoors. Then, Saturday, 23 January we'll head to the Sandias for some on-the-snow lessons. Come join us. Lessons are free to members and Sport Systems rents classic cross-country gear.

If you aren't able to make this session, there are several other programs you may be able to attend:

Enchanted Forest Cross-country Ski Area, Red River, NM, offers lessons and ski rentals.
UNM Continuing Education, Albuquerque
UNM Los Alamos offers Nordic ski lessons at the Valles Caldera Preserve.

So go ahead and give it a try.

Intermediate Practice

When the snowflakes fly we will also have intermediate practice sessions. These sessions are designed for members who want to practice turning and control on slopes. The bunny hill at Sandia Peak Ski area is a great place to practice. Turns include all levels, from snowplow to parallel and telemark turns. Skis, bindings and boots should be appropriate.

Telemark Clinic

NMCCSC Web 16Barry Ritchey has offered once again to bring you into the telemark fold. Telemark skiing clinics are held Jan 10, 2016, at the Santa Fe ski resorts. Participants will need to buy a lift ticket. A San Juan back-country telemark weekend is also in the offing. Keep working on those free-heel skills, folks!

Avalanche Education

We're arranging an American Institute of Avalanche Research and Eduction (AIARE) Level 1 class for club members.  The course requires 24 hours of instruction. If you are interested, please contact Susan Russo,, or Rob Suminbsy,, as soon as possible.  Indoor portion will be held in Albuquerque and outdoor session at Taos Ski Valley. This is a great class for those who go on or want to go on hut trips or back-country day tours in Colorado. You may be crossing avalanche terrain and not be aware of it.  If you've taken a class in years past, consider updating your knowledge as emphasis in courses has changed with recent research.

If you have instruction-related questions, please contact Susan Russo at

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  • Telemark Clinic – Sunday, January 10, 2016 – Ski Santa Fe
    Morning intermediate, lunchtime and afternoon advanced clinics.
    Lessons are free, but you need to buy your own lift ticket. Reservations required!
    Send me an e-mail for more info and/or to reserve your slot and I’ll send you a confirmation and PDF with more detailed info.
    Sorry for firming-up the date so late.
    Ho, ho, ho, let it snow,
    Barry Ritchey
    Alias, Ritchey-TeleRanger
    barryxwind AT msn DOT com
    Five 0 Five 238-8123

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